The Perks of Blackboard


Being a freshman in college is tough, it’s the start of new beginnings, new faces and most of all a new location. With all of the many challenges this year, the Career Development center was a great place for planning my future. They are located on the 3rd floor of Saint Joseph Hall and have a well-rounded, attentive and patient staff members.

The outlook of my future seemed very overwhelming however, being at Chestnut Hill College, and having access to Blackboard helped relieve that stress. On Blackboard it offers a variety of resources. One of the resources that help me find my Career path was FOCUS. This site is great for students who are confused or lost, when trying to find what career that is right for them. I took the personality assessment test as well as many different test on FOCUS that help me find the career that was right for me.

Written by: Amonnie Jackson, ’18, Career Development Office work study student

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Passport Events

passport          As a freshman at Chestnut Hill College, you are required to attend at least six passport events. These activities range from a movie screening, to a lecture. I think that passport events are a great benefit to our school because it introduces you to new clubs, and activities at our school. One particular passport event that I attended and enjoyed was the club fair. At the club fair, the clubs at Chestnut Hill recruited new members to join. I enjoyed this in particular because I got to see all the exciting clubs Chestnut Hill offered. Some clubs included Griffins Against Cancer, and PB @ CHC.

When you join clubs at Chestnut Hill College, you can add them to your resume. Adding extracurricular activities to your resume shows potential bosses that you can get very involved, and work well with people. I strongly urge all students at Chestnut Hill to attend passport events because you can learn more about other clubs and activities that Chestnut Hill offers.

Written by: Melissa Cannarozzo, ’18, Career Development Office work study student

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

The most important things to do in an interview are the following:

  1. Always come dressed appropriately: You want to show your boss how professional you are, and how determined you are to start this new job.
  2. Know the exact time of your interview: Never show up to an interview late. That shows that you are not ready to handle the job. Always be punctual. Arrive about 10-15 minutes before the interview.
  3. Have a firm hand shake: Never shake the boss or others with a floppy hand. Always give a firm handshake, and make eye contact while doing it.
  4. Always make eye contact with the boss or others in the room: Making eye contact shows that you are interested.
  5. Sit still while in the interview: Sitting still while being interviewed shows that you are attentive and not nervous. If you keep moving around it shows that you are very nervous and it’s distracting.
  6. Write a Thank You letter: Always after an interview, write a thank you letter. Thanking the boss for their time in hopes they pick you for the job.

The most important things not to do in an interview are the following:

  1. Do not make any excuses: Take responsibility for your actions
  2. Do not chew gum or smoke: You want to prove to your boss that you are able to take the job, but if you are chewing gum or even smoking during that interview will set the bosses off, and even make them have a bad impression of you.
  3. Turn off your cell phone: Do not bring your cell phone into the interview just in case it would accidentally ring.
  4. Do not come to the interview with anyone: Come alone to the interview to show your independence, and that you are capable of standing alone.
  5. Do not use a soft tone voice: Dictate your voice to be loud! Be Confident!
  6. Do not just say “yes or “no”: Explain your answer into more detail. It shows your boss that you really know what you are talking about.

Written by: Heather Wood, ’18, Career Development Office work study student

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Career Carnival Recap

On March 24, 2014, Chestnut Hill College’s Career Development hosted a Career Carnival for students, faculty, and staff. The aim was to educate students on a wide range of topics, all linking back to careers. As well as educate, the carnival theme was put into place to give it a fun, laid back feel that attracted students to check it out. Lots of hard work was put into preparation for the carnival from the entire career development staff, plus their five work study students. The carnival lasted from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, in which an excellent amount of students spent their common time hanging out, learning, eating, and most importantly having fun.


            There were a number of different booths to explore upon entrance to the Redmond Room that day. With the food table in the corner, students looped around in a circle, visiting each booth, receiving a food voucher for their participation. The first booth was called LinkedIn Photo Booth where Nick, a work study student, helped students create or improve their LinkedIn profile, all starting with a professional picture. Next was a Resume table, where a number of different resume samples were on display for students. After that another work study student, Sarah, displayed fashionable, professional, yet affordable clothes, appropriate for an interview or a typical work day. Next to Sarah’s Dress for Less was Myths about Majors, run by work study student Lauren. There, you could learn myths about majors in college through a true or false game and play pin the major on the celebrity. Lastly, work study students Janelle and Aaron taught students what to do and what not to do on an interview, with fun movie clips and a PowerPoint presentation.



The Career Development Carnival was a success, and will surely be put on again next year. While the Carnival may be over, Career Development hosts lots of other workshops, trips, and events, all in an effort to help students get ahead in the competitive career world. Take advantage of this great resource, and check out what Career Development has to offer!


Written by Lauren Greene, ’17

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SPIN – More Than Just a Fitness Class

On January 31, 2014, SPIN invited the students from Chestnut Hill College, along with the other SEPCHE schools, to attend a presentation to learn about the opportunities available at the organization. If you’re unfamiliar with what SPIN is all about, they are a nonprofit, human services organization aimed to provide the highest level of quality services and supports to children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and autism spectrum disabilities. Their mission is to embrace a “life of possibilities” so that everyone has an opportunity to live the life of their dreams and to reach their goals.
The presentation included 10 guest speakers who all earned their degree at a SEPCHE school and now work for SPIN. The speakers talked about what their major was during their undergraduate career and how they came about working for SPIN. Each employee had such passion when they were speaking, it was refreshing to see so many people who love what they do for a living and look forward to going to work everyday. 
SPIN offers a variety of positions in all different areas, ranging from Residential Services, Children Services, Behavioral & Developmental Services, Employment Services, and Home and Community Habilitation Services. These positions are available to volunteers and interns alike. This organization currently supports over 3,000 infants, children, and adults each year. They also host a number of events such as a 5K Run, Walk, Roll, a Golf Tournament, and a Stroll in the Playpark.
SPIN offers internship opportunities in the following areas of study:
– Administrative Services & Supports
– Behavioral Health & Human Service
– Child Care
– Communication
– Finance
– Human Resources
– Information Technology
– Occupational Therapy
– Physical Therapy
– Psychology
– Social Administration
– Sociology
– Special Education
– Speech Therapy
– Therapeutic Recreation
For more information about SPIN, their upcoming events, and how you can volunteer your time, you can visit their website:
Written by Andrea Boyle, Career Development’s graduate intern currently working towards her Masters at Holy Family University

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Why the Liberal Arts?


The pursuit of knowledge has existed from the discovery of fire, to the Parthenon in Ancient Greece, to the Salons of the Enlightenment, and to the halls of liberal arts colleges. As careers decrease in polarity during the transition from an industrial economy to a service economy, the need for a well-rounded education has increased exponentially. A liberal arts education allows students to explore multiple disciplines while focusing on one area of content in which the student wants to specialize. This study of subjects outside one’s major helps students to develop multiple skills needed for a service economy job and to understand the world better.

I am majoring in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy. I intend to go to graduate school for either creative writing or literature, and I would like to be a professor and fiction writer. To accomplish this, I could easily take only literature and writing classes, but I enjoy taking classes outside my field of interest. One of my favorite classes so far has been my Introduction to Psychology class. The professor taught me the importance of mental health, and the class improved my interpersonal communications, which is a necessary skill to survive in the modern world of mass communications.

I choose to take classes outside my academic discipline to expand my educational profile. If one limits himself or herself to only the bare minimum, they decrease their marketability. For example, if I were to take only literature and writing classes, I would limit my ability to find a job  within and outside my field, and I would limit my ability to understand much of literature and my ability to write my own literature.

A liberal arts education is necessary to survive in a service based economy. An individual will need various skills in a single job, and if one does not have well-roundedness, he or she will fall behind those who do. As Mark Twain said, “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” To paraphrase, a person who does not take advantage of a liberal arts education has no advantage over one who does not attend college. It is important to develop well-roundedness in the twenty-first century in order to survive in the battle for a job.


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Idealist Grad Fair

On September 23, 2013, Drexel University played host to the Idealist Grad Fair, an event that had representatives from over 60 Graduate schools across the nation. Despite it being the eve of my 21st birthday, this dedicated student decided to brave Philadelphia public transportation in order to get a better idea of what grad schools were looking for future students. On the flip side, prospective students could also get information on obtaining degrees in social work, public health, international affairs, information science, public administration, law school and many other options.

Among the schools which were represented at the IDEALIST GRAD FAIR were –

Columbia University School of Social Work
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
Drexel University School of Public Health
Eastern University – School of Leadership and Development
George Mason University – School of Public Policy
George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
Georgetown University, Communication, Culture and Technology
Georgetown University, Public Policy Institute
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard School of Public Health Admissions Office
Holy Family University
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
International Institute for Restorative Practices
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Kutztown University
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Monterey Institute of International Studies
NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
National Urban Fellows, Inc.
New York University Silver School of Social Work
Peace Corps – Volunteer Recruitment & Selection
Rutgers University – School of Management and Labor Relations
Rutgers University – The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
SIT Graduate Institute
Saint Joseph’s University Graduate Arts and Sciences
School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Temple University – College of Education
Temple University – Graduate School & School of Social Work
The New School Graduate Programs
The Pennsylvania State University – School of International Affairs
The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
The University of Sheffield
Tufts University – The Fletcher School
Tufts University – Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
University of Delaware School of Public Policy and Administration
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
University of Pennsylvania / School of Social Policy &

As you can tell from the list above, this was a big event and there was a diverse group of schools which were represented. As a result, I found about the admissions criteria for grad schools are very different.

One of the most important lessons I came away from this Grad Fair was the fact that grad schools really look at your college experience from a very holistic stand point. That means that they won’t just simply fixate on your GPA, or your GRE scores. In fact, the head of Admissions from the University of Pittsburgh specifically stated that their university did not have an admissions criteria and they look at every aspect of your application from your personal letter, GPA, GRE scores and etc. In fact, to take it a step farther the University of Pittsburgh representative also stated that their admissions team looks into the specifics of your transcripts. Using me as an example, he said that they would look into how I did in classes which were specific to my major (Political Science) and weigh that against my overall GPA as well.

Another lesson, I took away from this GRAD fair was the importance of knowing the financial details (how much you can afford, what kind of financial aid is being offered) when picking a college. While names such as Syracuse or Georgetown University sound really exciting, they may not be best option for you because of the expense involved in attending them. Furthermore, one should also to take into consideration the difference in tuition if you go to a school which is considered “in-state” for you. For instance, I found myself being really impressed by what Ohio State University had to offer yet I also realized that I would have to pay $5,000 to $7,000 more if I attended Ohio State instead of University of Pittsburgh.

Those are just some of things that I took away from attending the Idealist Grad Fair. However, if you are looking to go to Graduate School, I would very much advise you to do your own research, possibly attend a Graduate School Fair, and talk to people who are already attending grad school. After all, there is no such thing as too much information when it comes to making one of the most important decisions of your life.

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